Community members gathered for Wreaths Across America Ceremony

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Saturday was National Wreaths Across America Day, where wreath laying ceremonies are coordinated all across the U.S. 

Members of the community gathered in Oak Grove Cemetery in Morgantown to honor veterans on National Wreaths Across America Day.

This is done in coordination with more than 1,400 other locations across the nation, where 1.5 million wreaths were laid. 

“Wreaths Across America has such a great message that is spread across the nation, coordinating it all on the same day. Their message is remember, honor, and teach. Remember the fallen, honor those who are serving, and who have served, and to teach the youth of our nation about the value of freedom,” said Jared Jenkins, Organizer of the ceremony. 

Wreaths were laid to honor the branches of service, including Army, Marine Corp, Navy, Air Force, US Coast Guard, and US Merchant Marines.

A final wreath was placed to honor Prisoners of War and the Missing in Action.

This represented over 93,000 service men and women who never returned home.

“I feel as a civilian, that it’s my duty to give back to those who have done such an invaluable service for me. So, as a civilian, it’s my job, I think, to give back and honor those,” said Jenkins. 

Volunteers from several different areas attended to help lay wreathes on the graves of veterans.

This includes Boy Scout and Girls Scout troops and the Daughters of the American Revolution. 

“I’m so glad that people are interested in this and interested in honoring our veterans. I think that this is a very beautiful visual way of honoring our veterans and we’re just pleased to be able to take part in it,” said Susan Arnold, Daughters of the American Revolution.

“It’s just a sobering and humbling thought to know that so many veterans and servicemen are not forgotten. That’s what we wanted to do. Remember, honor, and teach, that’s the mission,” said Jenkins. 

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